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back-packing: what to bring/ what not to bring

Posted by ryder80 on 7/1/2011 at 13:12

hi, been frequently visiting this website, trying to absorb as much info as i can, as i prepare for a possible 3 month excursion to SE Asia...

i bought myself a gregory triconi back pack, size small, 55L.. i feel pretty happy with my purchase? any feed-back?, i can still return it if anything.

and as always, i've been reading, it always seems difficult to decide what to bring and what not to bring. starting off light is the way to go...

just wondering, what are some things that you should pre-purchase before going to SE Asia, for example, items i've read that people suggested, were tooth-paste, deet (insect repellent), wet handy wipes, sun-screen protection, shoes, flips flops, deordorant, flash light, head-lamp, snorkel gear,

mainly i'm looking things that i should bring that are hard to find and/or are expensive to purchase there, and vice versa...


#1 ryder80 has been a member since 19/12/2010. Posts: 83

Posted by caseyprich on 7/1/2011 at 14:55

You don't really need to 'stock up' on toothpaste unless you've got some special brand you simply must have. Anyway, even insect repellent and sun-screen lotion you can find there when you run out.

A good book or two, many pages, small type. I like a travel towel - they don't absorb the best, but you'll get dry and it will dry very quickly even in humid air.

A phrasebook – just a small one, can be great for each language you’ll be around. Something to study in the evening – and make sure it has the script of the local language so if you can’t pronounce you can just point.

I also highly recommend trusty medicine for diarrhea,headaches, and stomach troubles. For me they go Imodium AD, Ibuprofen, and Tums.

You can check out this link for a fun discussion:


#2 caseyprich has been a member since 3/3/2010. Location: China. Posts: 1,281

Posted by 5acrefarmer on 7/1/2011 at 15:37

Although I did get them in a department store here in Phuket, I managed to buy some flip flops for my rather large feet. You can find almost everything in decent size towns so don't worry too much. Don't feel as if you have to fill up that (in my opinion not so) 'small' pack. If you leave with it half full be proud!

#3 5acrefarmer has been a member since 10/6/2009. Location: Australia. Posts: 61

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